Conviction of Dontuluri Krishna alias Mangali Krishna in the suitcase bomb case by the Anantapur court has come handy to both the TDP and the Congress as a weapon to beat the YSR Congress chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy with, on the eve of the by-elections. </div><br><div>When this suit case bomb explosion was triggered off 11 years ago, targeting TDP leader Paritala Ravindra, the issue has rocked the Assembly. However, Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, who was then in the opposition has argued that Krishna was innocent. He has also charged the TDP of trying to tarnish the image of his son, by blaming his follower (Krishna).
When YSR became the Chief Minister, CBI has probed into the case and reportedly said that Jagan and Krishna were neighbors and both were trying to avenge the murder of Y S Raja Reddy, father of YSR.
Some newspapers have now dug out an old report of the CBI suspecting possible links between Mangali Krishna and the YSR family and published it. Simultaneously the TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu has demanded a CBI probe into all the faction murders including the killing of Paritala Ravindra. He has alleged that YSR and his son Jagan were mafia dons and were the master minds behind several murders.
Interestingly, Congress senior leader and YSR baiter V Hanumantha Rao has also expressed the same doubts and said he would campaign about the criminal activities of Jagan in Seemandhra. He said he had so far thought that Jagan was only a money-monger and now he knew that he was also a hardened criminal.
Both the TDP and Congress which have been facing an uphill task to face Jagan’s candidates in Seemandhra in the by-polls, might use Mangali Krishna case and his connections with Jagan in their campaigns.
TDP leader Gali Janardana Reddy has already stated that Jagan holding a day-long dharna in Kadapa district protesting against the arrest of Mangali Krishna recently proved beyond doubt that they were hand-in-glove in their criminal activities.
Chandrababu Naidu has pointed that the fact that Bhanu had admitted that it was Mangali Krishna who provided him the weapon to kill Suri, also proved that Krishna was the main gunrunner for the faction murders perpetrated by the YSR family.